senate Bill S1706

Requires school districts to establish and maintain peace/conflict resolution centers

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Requires school districts to establish and maintain peace/conflict resolution centers.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1706
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง1504-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1875
2009-2010: S7625

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1706

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to peace/conflict resolution
centers

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This legislation would require school districts to establish and
maintain peace/conflict resolution centers.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The education law is amended by adding a new section 1504-a.

JUSTIFICATION:
The mission of a peer mediation program is to enable students to
resolve conflicts peacefully in order to Promote mutual understanding
of individuals and groups throughout the school. The program's design
is to enhance the climate of the school by providing each person
opportunities to learn that conflict is natural and the appropriate
means to peaceful solutions.

Peer mediation develops leadership skills among pupils and enables
them to apply those skills immediately in their schools. Students
offer the support and run the program with a Faculty/Staff advisor.
Peer mediators should be students that represent the student body and
exhibit attributes of leadership who are respected by their
classmates. Referrals can be made by administrators, counselors,
teachers and other students. Peer mediation issues are treated
confidentially. Issues, discussions and outcomes will not be divulged
except in cases which may be illegal or life threatening. A pair of
trained volunteer student mediators will meet with the two parties to
help them reach an agreement.

Peace/Conflict resolution centers already in operation at Luperon and
Heritage High schools in Washington Heights have demonstrated that
mediation of disputes can reduce violence in schools, reduce the
number of suspensions, and promote constructive conflict management.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1706

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. ESPAILLAT, PERKINS -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to peace/conflict  resol-
  ution centers

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Legislative  intent.  Peace/conflict  resolution  centers
already  in operation at Luperon and Heritage High Schools in Washington
Heights have demonstrated that mediation of disputes can reduce violence
in schools, reduce the number of suspensions, and  promote  constructive
conflict  management.  Peer  mediation  develops leadership skills among
pupils and enables them to  apply  those  skills  immediately  in  their
schools. This legislation requires every school district in the state to
maintain a peace/conflict resolution center.
  S  2.  The  education law is amended by adding a new section 1504-a to
read as follows:
  S 1504-A. PEACE/CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTERS. 1. ALL  SCHOOL  DISTRICTS
ARE  HEREBY  REQUIRED  TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A PEACE/CONFLICT RESOL-
UTION CENTER.
  2. SUCH PEACE/CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTERS SHALL:
  (A) PROVIDE FOR THE SUPERVISED PEER MEDIATION OF CONFLICTS;
  (B) DEVELOP PUPIL LEADERSHIP SKILLS; AND
  (C) PROMOTE PEACEFUL ATMOSPHERES IN SCHOOLS AND THE SURROUNDING COMMU-
NITIES.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02985-01-3

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